Inmarsat has announced a major milestone for its Ka-band GX Aviation broadband inflight connectivity service, after completing its 250th installation with airlines worldwide.
GX Aviation has now been installed on a wide range of different aircraft, from Airbus A320s to Boeing 777s, and the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
Airline customers with installed aircraft include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Air Astana.
Inmarsat says GX Aviation enables passengers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights, with connectivity that is comparable to the mobile broadband services they may receive on the ground.
Awards have been received from Inflight Middle East, Inflight Asia Pacific, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In addition, Inmarsat Aviation was recently named the ‘World’s Leading Inflight Internet Service Provider’ at the World Travel Awards.
Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “GX Aviation continues to be a major success story, not only for Inmarsat, but for the global inflight connectivity market.
“We’re still within our first year of commercial service, so the fact that the service has been installed on 250 aircraft speaks volumes for its acceptance as the gold standard by airlines worldwide.
“Reaching this milestone so early in the launch of GX Aviation is testament to the industry-leading service levels that airlines and their passengers are experiencing with the service.
“We celebrate this milestone with our world-class Value Added Resellers (VARs), Rockwell Collins, SITAONAIR and Thales, and ecosystem partners such as Honeywell and Zodiac Inflight Innovations.
“Together, we are committed to keep developing GX Aviation, keeping us ahead,” he said.
GX Aviation is the globally-available, high-speed inflight internet service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS).
The company says it will be launching three next-generation very high-throughput (VHTS) satellites, starting next year with its fifth GX satellite (GX-5).
Inmarsat says its strategy is focused on layering additional capacity to the GX global network to meet escalating demand from airline customers in specific regions.
Airlines connect to the GX network using the JetWave terminals and fuselage-mounted antennas by Honeywell Aerospace.
Inmarsat claims the terminals are designed for ease of installation and maintenance to “assure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market, allowing installation with minimal labour and using standard tools available in maintenance hangars”.